Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's our Birthday!

Can you believe it's been 6 years already?!
We are so very thankful for all our quilty friends. 
You have become very special to all of us during 
the past 6 years.
We appreciate that you choose Calico Mermaid to come & meet your friends, create & learn with us.
We're very glad that so many of you share our vision of creativity & inspiration. 
We're so happy to have met you & love getting to know you & your amazing talents.
Thank you for all your support.
To celebrate, we're having a 
Birthday Party on 
Saturday, April 29 from noon to 6.
Be sure to bring your Sand Dollar Cards, especially if they are full - you'll be glad you did!
It's going to be great fun!
Be ready for some cupcakes, prizes, sales, & fun.
Because you know that's how we roll.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!

New Year Clearance Sale!

January 3-4-5
Christmas fabric $7/yard
(one yard minimum)

$5/yard Sale Table
(one yard minimum)
(no additional discounts)'s the best part!
Stack your Sand Dollar Cards
up to 40% off on all other
fabric, kits, magazines, & books! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Calico Mermaid!
I love this photo. This is my Dream Team. 
They put up with me & my crazy ideas. 
They rein me in when I start to get too cheesey. 
They support me when I get in over my head.
But the main thing we all share is a passion for sewing & quilting.
We love to see others catch the "quilting bug."
We want to inspire our quilty friends & enjoy helping you create.
It's so exciting to see my Mermaids getting excited over a 
new idea or technique.
Then when they start to share that excitement, 
I can hardly contain myself.
have a Merry Christmas with those you enjoy, & with those who support you & your passions.
Thank you for a beautifully creative year.
We've enjoyed helping you. We hope we've inspired you.
We hope to see a lot more of you next year, 
because we have some great plans you're going to love!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thank you for shopping small this weekend!

Shop Small Weekend at Calico Mermaid!
November 25-26-27

-double punches-
20% off Christmas fabric
25% off selected books & magazines    
30% off fall prints & Christmas kits
50% off Halloween fabric
(some restrictions apply - in shop only)

Start collecting one Christmas Clam
for each $10 you spend 
until December 11…
then spend just like cash December 17-24!

Free Shop Small Reusable Bag with $50 purchase while supplies last!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Open House every Sunday!

 Be My Neighbor Sew Along Block Party 
begins this Sunday!
Here's how it works:
Come in each Sunday afternoon between 1 & 5 to receive 
your free Be My Neighbor Block pattern.
There's a new one every week - for 16 weeks!
No kits-no sign ups-no fuss-just some adorable free block patterns.
Come join the party!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Check out this video!

My friend Lili from RJR Fabrics made this video for us.
She toured the RJR manufacturing plant in Korea to see how our favorite fabrics are printed.
Click here to check it out:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Row by Row Experience


Do you know about the Row by Row Experience? 
It's so much fun! 
We've been participating for a couple of years now & we can 
hardly wait.
It all starts on June 21 (you know - the first day of summer.)
Each participating shop has designed a row depicting 
this year's theme: 
Home Sweet Home.
You visit shops & collect free quilt patterns for rows 9" X 36." 
Create a quilt with 8 different rows, completely quilted & bound, 
& you could win a stack of fat quarters!
The first person to come to a participating shop with 
their complete quilt wins!
Here's our Mermaid row:
 Calico Mermaid sewing at home - her castle - her happy place!

There are more than 2500 participating quilt shops in the US & Canada. Each has designed a row pattern for you to pick up free, & in addition many have prepared kits for their row.
Our kit has all the applique pieces laser cut & pre fused. 
I even found you some buttons for the mermaid's coconut bra.
Ready to go! 
You're welcome!
You just need to add your favorite floss for the 
clothesline & bra top. Or you could use decorative stitches on your machine. Whatever makes you happy.
You can collect rows (and kits) through September 6.  

In addition, many shops have also created fabric license plates to help commemorate your travels. Ours will be for sale soon.

 Between September 6 & November 1 no kits or patterns 
may be sold or given away.
After that, if we have kits & patterns left, they will be available 
for sale.
 Remember - you must actually come into shops to buy a kit or receive a free pattern between June 21 & September 6. 
Although we can mail you a fabric license plate. Just give us a call.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inside look!

Would you like an inside peek?
Check out Quilter's Paradise - the leader in  
laser-cut appliqué and pre-cut pieced kits. 
There are stacks & stacks of fabric. Some is already cut to size & ready to have shapes precisely cut.

Some is just waiting for its turn.
This amazing machine is larger than a king size bed. The computer tells it what shapes to cut, the fabric is loaded (up to 100 layers of fabric) with a thin plastic sheet on top & bottom, then it cuts. You can see Richard holding the blade that cuts through all those layers.

After cutting, the fabric moves aside & then next stack is ready to be cut. Watch the action!
Here you see 6 layers cut into Wedding Ring pieces.


We even ran into a friend lending a hand, assembling kits.

Quilter's Paradise cuts squares, strips, triangles, & all kinds of pre cut fabric pieces to save us time & energy!

Our next stop is Hoffman Fabrics of California.
It was a heavenly visit to their incredible warehouse.

 Have you ever wondered how the fabric gets onto those bolts? There are about 6 wrapping machines going all day long, wrapping fabric from tubes onto bolts just for us!